Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints (Transferred from November 1).
Here is a few words from the introduction to the liturgical book For All The Saints.
"Whenever we say the Apostles’ Creed, we confess our belief in “the communion of saints.” This term is rich in meaning and kaleidoscopic in its references. It can mean “the holy people of God,” the community of all who have been baptized into Christ Jesus. It can refer to the activity which sustains the unity of God’s people, sharing in the body and blood of Christ...
The habit of remembering “the friends of God” has been one of the great delights of Christian people since the dawn of the Church. The reason for this is neither fancy theology nor sub-Christian superstition. It is simply that the history of God’s mighty acts of salvation is always a personal history. The Church believes that the divine purpose of justice, mercy, and love is revealed in the stories of particular persons. Indeed, it is through the stories of individual saints that the Almighty renews and strengthens the witness of the whole community
of “the holy people of God.” Thus, the Calendar of Saints is meant to jog our memories, to remind us that today or tomorrow is the heavenly birthday of someone whose faith, holy life, and witness to Christ were so great in their own time that they continue to be a cause for celebration by us in our time."
May we all be blessed today by the memory of God's grace at work in the lives of His saints, either those marked by the Church, or those whom we have known ourselves.
Our service of Morning Prayer, Bulletin, & Sermon for this week can be found here:
Our All-Ages Song can be found here:
And our other Songs can be found here: